Keep Cool this Summer

December 4, 2014

Avoid a heat wave in your home this Summer season and take a look at our guidelines to ensure that you build or renovate your home to stay as cool as possible.

Get a cooler outlook on the festive season and follow these guidelines to achieve a cooler home or business.

With the summer season upon us, we are all feeling the heat. Keeping cool no longer means having to take out a loan to pay for the electricity required to make the home comfortable.

Modern homes should make use of advanced insulation techniques that assist in maintaining the inside temperature. Through the use of insulation barriers such as polystyrene in the walls and floors and effective insulation in the roof, one is able to make sure that the energy that is required to keep the ambient temperature in the house comfortable is not lost to the elements.

Modern products such as double pane low emission glass for windows and glass facades carry 80% of the thermal properties of double-glazing, without the hefty price tag attached. This means that the one of the biggest culprits for energy loss can be managed in an easy, cost effective way.

Furthermore, modern inductive air conditioners can keep the living spaces at a controlled temperature for up to 70% less energy then what was previously associated with climate control. There are also alternates to air conditioning that can be considered by homeowners.  Evaporative coolers have seen major advancement in the past few years and need not be aesthetically displeasing as previous roof mounted models.  Roof evaporative coolers can reduce the ambient temperature in the home by up to 8 degrees, taking the edge off the summer heat. Being energy efficient also means that your finances win when the electricity bill arrives at the end of the month.

What needs to be kept in mind at all times is that it is easier and cheaper to maintain a comfortable internal temperature when the home is correctly designed and insulated to begin with. This said, corrective measures can be taken in existing homes to help reduce the energy losses.

Should you be feeling the heat this summer and would like to look at have a cooler outlook over the festive season, feel free to contact Jonathan from Green Leaf for a full solution.

Jonathan Baer

Cell: 0764906891

Office: 0117052427

Jonathan@greenleafas.co.za

 


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